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calls for new voters register in ghana

  • It is very critical for people who go to the registration centres to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive protocols to ensure that the exercise does not add to our already precarious situation.

    Written By Dominic Hlordzi - The nationwide voters’ registration kicks off Tuesday, June 30. The about one-month exercise is geared towards getting eligible Ghanaians onto a new electoral roll that will be superior to the old register. The new voter registration exercise is scheduled to end on Thursday, August 6.

  • Coming from a disciplined culture, I could not believe my ears. Apart from the culture shock of the disorderliness and confusion with angry people shouting all over, I could not believe the EC official would repeat what he had been told to me. I asked if he was happy telling me that.

    Written By Brig Gen Dan Frimpong (Rtd) - Until my retirement, all previous registrations and voting I have participated in were done at my “home town” Burma Camp. Seeing the long queues and the disorderliness at other places with the current registration, I decided to go back home to Burma Camp to do the “2020 COVID-19 Registration” when the centres open there.

  • One does not expect the EC to just give in to the demands of an opposition party but the Commission must adduce cogent reasons why the wishes of a party cannot be granted. But in a situation where ...

    Written By Bubu Klinogo - The Electoral Commission has just concluded a two Pilot Voters Registration Exercise in all the sixteen regional capitals in the country. The essence of the exercise was to identify problems associated with the new system to find ways of mitigating them. The exercise is a strong and clear signal that the Electoral Commission is going ahead with its decision to discard the existing register and compile a completely new one in spite of strong opposition and resistance from the main opposition party, the NDC, other opposition parties and dozens of Civil Society Organisations.

  • First, she said, the current system required a mandatory upgrade and refurbishment, which had been awarded on contract at $56 million before she assumed office in 2018.

    The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has defended the compilation of a new biometric voters register (BVR), saying it is the surest way to deliver free, fair, credible and transparent elections.
    She said the EC’s decision was in the interest of all political parties and that it was committed to delivering incident-free and peaceful elections.

  • Justifying the need for a new Biometric Voters Register for #Election2020, Mr. Tettey said the present register is bloated yet ...

    The Electoral Commission has announced it will procure a new Biometric Voter Management System as well as compile a new Voters Register for the 2020 general elections.

  • "It is true that the EC was quick to refer to their mandate as prescribed by CI 91 but they conveniently left out portions of the same CI that compels them to gazette for a defined number of days.

    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has alleged that the return of final year Senior High School (SHS) students to school was part of an "illegal" scheme to assemble the students for voter registration.

  • It is a legal known that the term of office of (a) the President (article 66(1)); (b) his Ministers (JH Mensah v Attorney-General, 1997); (c) the Speaker and Members of Parliament (article 113(1)) expires on January 6, 2021.

    Written by Dr. Abdul Baasit Aziz Bamba - Unless the COVID-19 crisis subsides to enable the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections to be held by December 7, 2020, we will be confronted with a constitutional crisis by reason of the combination of certain legal “knowns” and “unknowns”. The legal knowns represent clear and obvious legal situations, which appear to be beyond legal controversy whilst the legal unknowns are suppositions and conjectures based on “ifs” and “buts”.

  • It basically underscores that no new substantial modification shall be made to the electoral laws in the last six (6) months before elections, except with the consent of a majority of political actors.

    Ghana may breach the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on elections, if it goes ahead to procure new voters register under a new law less than six months to the December 7, 2020 elections, according to conflict resolution and peacebuilding expert, Mr Emmanuel Habuka Bombande.

  • During voter registration exercises and elections in Ghana, we hear the two main political parties, accusing each other for compromising our sovereignty by bussing foreigners to partake in such civil exercises.

    Ghana is bordered by Cote d’Ivoire to the West at a distance of 668km, Togo to the east at 877km, Burkina Faso to the north at 549km and the southern shore washed by the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision consolidated the two cases filed against the Electoral Commission’s (EC) mass voters’ registration exercise.

  • A bloated Voters’ register, on its own does not produce a fraudulent election result, it is however, the ability of criminal elements to weaponize the voters’ register by transferring the fake names or phantom registrants to actual votes, that makes for a stolen election.

    Written By Charles K. Amoo Asante - Registering citizens to vote and compiling a voters register is a critical part of the electoral process, a basic foundation of our democratic system.

  • The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, said it had deployed 73,107 officials across the exhibition centres to ensure a successful exercise.

    The processes to get credible voters register for the December 7, 2020 elections entered the final phase this past Friday with the commencement of the exhibition of the provisional register.

  • Mr Yeboah also called on all Ghanaians to support the acquisition of a biometric voter management system (BVMS) for the 2020 elections.

    Two political parties — the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) — and a former independent presidential candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY), have backed the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters register.

  • There are supposed to be lines on the floor. There are supposed to be sanitizers, and Veronica buckets, and single chairs spaced nicely for aspiring voters. Sometimes there are, and sometimes not.

    It was one of those good days. I had closed for the day, and the sun had just begun to set. So I decided in obedience to science… and to my wife, to do some brisk walking in the Ridge area. Just for some droplets of sweat to convince my muscles they were good for something, before I headed on the long drive home. I was now on the homestretch back to the hospital. It had been a pleasant walk so far.

  • This letter indicates the votes you are entitled to, where to vote and at what times. You do not have to travel to your home village in order to vote for the candidate in that area, since ...

    Written By Stephen Atta Owusu - The just ended voters registration exercise and the controversial discussion of the appropriateness of a birth certificate (BC) in getting a voter card has brought into sharp focus the issue of who really a Ghanaian is.

  • The Electoral Commission (EC) does not want to accept the existing voter Identity cards as a proof of Ghanaian citizenship in its planned new voter registration exercise because, there are still people who used health insurance cards to register and are still on the register, according to the Director of Elections and Research at the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Evans Nimako.

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